TIF Meeting Packed
Lincoln Yards Plans Revealed Nov 29
General Iron Nuisance Hearing Dec 6
Dear Neighbors,

Wednesday night more than 500 people met to hear about the 800 million dollar TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) plan to support the Lincoln Yards development. They loudly objected to tax dollars being used to solely benefit private development, questioned why the TIF was presented without knowing the final plan for Lincoln Yards - and without planned spending for a public park or school. Legally a TIF must create a lasting public benefit.

The TIF covers 168 acres of develop-able land in the North Branch Corridor. The 52-acre Lincoln Yards project represents only about 1/3 of that.

The current Lincoln Yards PD application can result in building as much square footage as almost 3 Willis Towers. If all the property between North and Cortland, and Clybourn and Elston is built-out under the rules of the Framework, the total square footage would equal almost 9 Willis Towers . Here is the presentation from our preview meeting held last Thursday that shows the analysis.

When the city revealed it will introduce the TIF for passage at the December 11th meeting of the Community Development Commission, it prompted calls to slow down for true community input and review. I share the concern that this process must not be rushed before plans for Lincoln Yards are made public and considered. See details below for the next community meeting with Sterling Bay.
November 29th Community Meeting - Lincoln Yards

Alderman Hopkins has just announced a community meeting on the Lincoln Yards development that he assures will include actual developer plans and time for questions from the audience. Your attendance is critical and I urge you to participate. The meeting is expected to fill up so get there early.

Community Meeting for Lincoln Yard Development
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Park Community Church
1001 N. Crosby Street 
6 p.m.
There are 2 indoor parking facilities in the building and just down the street as well as on-street parking. For Google Maps Directions, click here . Please call my office if you need transportation to this meeting. Please let us know you are planning to attend.
  General Iron Pollution Update

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has scheduled a community meeting with General Iron and area residents "to discuss potential resolutions of problems identified by citizen complaints, the alderman, and the Chicago Police Department."

This is the beginning of the public nuisance process by BACP, which has been used successfully in issues concerning other types of businesses such as taverns and restaurants.

The meeting is scheduled for:

BACP Community Meeting Concerning General Iron
City Hall Room 805
121 N. LaSalle St.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Please attend to support Alderman Hopkins' efforts and share your personal experiences and photos of how the operations at General Iron have impacted you.
Toiletry Drive
Month of November Only
43rd Ward Office
2523 N Halsted

Our 43rd Ward Office, State Senator John Cullerton's Office, and State Representative Ann Williams' Office are all partnering with Lincoln Park Community Services to host a Toiletry Drive. We will be accepting donations throughout the month of November.

  • Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Sponges, Paper Towels, Hand Soap
  • Paper Napkins, Plastic Silverware, Paper Plates, Toilet Paper
  • Shaving Cream, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, New Men's and Women's Underwear
  • Tissue, Lotion, Pocket Tissue, Hand Sanitizer, Razors, Pens, Backpacks, Umbrella
Trash and Recycling Changes for Thanksgiving Week

All city-collected refuse will be serviced Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on your regular day of collection. 

The Department of Streets and Sanitation will collect recycling on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Residents should ensure all Blue Recycling Carts are accessible throughout the week of collection. 
Upcoming Events
November 23rd - January 6th

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ returns to Lincoln Park Zoo! For easier parking or other transit options, visit on a weeknight. On warm weekend evenings, especially Saturdays, the lot fills up. On these warmer climate nights, we strongly recommend public transit, ride-share apps, or  Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.’s Holiday Lights Tour, the official trolley of ZooLights, which makes two convenient stops at the zoo.

For more information please visit the  Lincoln Park Zoo Website.
43rd Ward Office Closure

In observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday, our office will be closing Wednesday, November 21st at 2:00 PM. We will return to our desks on Monday, November 26th at 9:00 AM.

If you have a need for city services, please call 3-1-1 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.
This week the 2019 City Budget was passed by City Council. I will dedicate an upcoming newsletter to reviewing details about expenditures.

See you in the neighborhood,

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500 yourvoice@ward43.org www.ward43.org
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